Anti-ISIS coalition has killed 22,000 jihadists

French Defense Minister reveals US-led coalition has already taken down waves of ISIS jihadists since mid-2014, no new ISIS offensives.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

F-35 Lightning II (illustration)
F-35 Lightning II (illustration)
US Air Force

Around 22,000 jihadists have been killed by the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (ISIS) group since mid-2014, France's defense minister said on Thursday.

"The figure given by the about 22,000 dead since the start of operations in Iraq and Syria," Jean-Yves Le Drian told the France24 news channel, adding that the figure was "approximate."

He also sounded upbeat about a series of military successes against ISIS in recent months.

"We haven't seen a large offensive by Daesh for some time," Le Drian said, using an alternative name for the group. "Daesh is in a very fragile position but we must remain very careful."

The coalition air strikes against ISIS began in the summer of 2014 and intensified following last November's jihadist attacks in Paris, with strikes notably targeting ISIS oil production facilities, a key source of income for the group.

In a major setback for the group, ISIS lost the Iraqi city of Ramadi to US-backed local forces last month.

AFP contributed to this report.